Review and Promo: Serafina and the Silent Vampire by Marie Treanor

Today I am lucky to be part of the release day tour for Serafina and the Silent Vampire by Marie Treanor.  So please enjoy the wonderful excerpt and my review of Serafina and the Silent Vampire. 

SERAFINA AND THE SILENT VAMPIRE

Serafina’s Book One

By Marie Treanor

Coming 28th August

Silence has never been so sinful…

 Welcome to Edinburgh’s unique psychic investigation agency, Serafina’s.

Serafina MacBride is psychic – but not strictly honest. While staging a hilarious vampire attack at a client’s party, Sera is stunned to encounter a real vampire – annoying, gorgeous and inaudible to everyone but her. When her client’s son is found dead with puncture wounds in his neck, she tracks the silent vampire to his lair.

But the amoral and seductive  Blair is also on a mission – to find and kill a nest of young vampires who’ve invaded his territory. Soon Sera is drawn into the bizarre world of the undead, where danger lurks in the shadows along with forbidden sensual delights – and a murderous conspiracy to flood the world with financially astute vampires who talk.

Supported and hindered by Blair’s eccentric, undead friends, and by her own motley crew from Serafina’s, Sera and Blair uncover surprising truths about each other and about the mysterious Founder from whom all vampires are descended.

In the end, Sera draws on powers she never knew she had in a frantic fight to defeat the forces of evil and preserve the strange, complicated being  she’s trying so hard not to love.

Excerpt:

Although the scary glow didn’t vanish from his eyes, they seemed to soften. His body didn’t. It still pinned her helplessly to the wall. He lifted his hand and touched her cheek, trailing his fingertips down her jaw to her throat. She gasped.

“Serafina,” he murmured in her head. “Some things are just stronger than you. They don’t necessarily hurt you, and they won’t necessarily defeat you.”

Distracting her from his surprising words, the bulge in his jeans was hardening, both alarming and exciting her. After all, he had the kind of face and body to die for. Sera had no intention of dying.

“Okay, celebrate!” she spat. “You’re stronger than me.”

His lips twitched. “I was thinking of Nicholas Smith. But now you mention it, yes, I am.” His fingers lingered over her vein, stroking. She shivered, trying not to feel the spurt of physical pleasure that was in danger of drowning out her alarm, especially when he swayed his hips in a slow, sensual caress. His erection rubbed against her tummy, and she had an insane urge to stand on tiptoe to feel it grind between her legs. “And, you know, I like that too.”

“Why?” she got out, reaching wildly for the smart comment that somehow eluded her.

His fingers slid upward to her face once more, and he traced the outline of her lips. “Because I can kiss you without you feeling the need to stop me.”

She narrowed her eyes threateningly, although her heart seemed to plunge right through her stomach to her womb. “It won’t be the need that’s lacking,” she managed.

“But you like the way I look,” he pointed out, pressing gently on her lower lip to part it from the upper. “I’ve read it in your mind.”

“Doesn’t mean I want you slobbering all over me!” Oh Jesus, what would it feel like?

“I won’t slobber,” he promised and bent his head.

She couldn’t have avoided it. She refused to dent her dignity further by trying. So she glared into his face, daring him, while her heart thundered in treacherous anticipation. His lips hovered over hers for an instant, just long enough for her to panic that perhaps he was changing his mind and wouldn’t do it, after all. She felt an urge to close the distance herself—only to break the tension, of course. And then he did it, sliding his fingers away from her lips to cup her face and sinking his mouth into hers with blatant, wonderful, terrifying sensuality.

There was none of the buildup she was used to, the gentle brushing of lips, the soft, quick kisses that grew deeper and longer. It was an outright assault on her senses, and it was devastating. His lips were cool and firm as they moved on hers, savoring, almost as if he were drinking from her. Oh shit, don’t think drinking here! He opened her mouth wider for his tongue, which swept around her teeth and curled around her own, drawing it into his mouth. She tried to speak, but the attempt got lost in the shock of his long, sharp teeth under her tongue. Blood drummed in her head, a tattoo of fear all mixed up with wonder and sheer, unadulterated lust.

A weird sound came from her mouth, and he deepened the kiss, almost grinding his mouth into hers, demanding the response she found it impossible not to give. There had never been a kiss like this one, fierce and overwhelmingly sexual, driving all thought from her head but the gratification of desire. She melted into it, opening wide for him, winding her tongue around his, sucking and biting his lips, drawing him deeper in.

At some point, he’d begun to grind his hips too, rubbing himself against her, and she found herself moving with him, standing on tiptoe and pressing back to try to assuage the aching need between her thighs.

When she almost ran out of breath, he broke the kiss and smiled. “Oh yes,” he whispered in her mind. “All night with you. All night and day, and all night again…” His words drove her to fever pitch, eliciting a helpless mewl of desire as she reached for his mouth once more.

He gave it with enthusiasm. His hands were on her hips, stroking down to her thighs and dragging upward inside her jacket and over the sides of her breasts. She moaned into his mouth, felt his thumbs caress her desperate nipples over and over. She wanted them on her naked breasts. She wanted no clothes at all between them. She wanted him buried deep inside her, pounding her to the greatest, sweetest orgasm of her life. More than that, she yearned to blast his control to hell, to make him lose himself in the pleasure she could give him. She was sure no one had ever wanted her this much before.

She squirmed against him, dragging her arms free at last to loop them around his neck and comb her fingers through his soft hair. His hands cupped both her breasts, making her gasp, and swept downward to the fastening of her jeans.

She tore her mouth free to gasp, half laughing, “Oh stop! We can’t! This is a respectable street! People are bound to pass.”

“I don’t care. I want you now. Just for starters. I want to make you scream as you come the first time, see your face in the open air as you fall apart around me. Oh yes.”

She caught his head as he plunged back for her mouth, his fingers determinedly unfastening the buttons of her jeans. “Blair, no!”

He paused and raised his head, his eyes black and clouded with lust. “Admit it. You want me to fuck you.”

She caught the golden flash in his dark eyes, glimpsed the pointed fangs between his parted lips, and swallowed hard. “Does it come with blood drinking?”

“Oh yes…”

Review: 

I thought this was a good paranormal romance.  It did feel like it could have been wrapped up a bit quicker than it was though.  I am glad this is going to be a series because there are a lot of loose ends that need to be tied up.  Blair and Sera’s relationship is very complicated but primarily based on sex in this book.  I hope that things tend to grow more with them in future books.  The writing was well done and very thorough.  I liked the characters, but I would have liked a bit more development in some of them.  I am hoping that will come, also, with the upcoming books in the series.  I would definitely recommend this book, but you can tell it is the first in a series.  I look forward to the next one.

I would like to thank Marie Treanor for stopping by today and Bewitching Book Tours for allowing me to host this stop.  For more information about Marie Treanor and Serafina and the Silent Vampire you can click on the links below after the Author Bio.

Author Bio:

Marie Treanor lives in Scotland with her eccentric husband and three much-too-smart children. Having grown bored with city life, she resides these days in a picturesque village by the sea where she is lucky enough to enjoy herself avoiding housework and writing sensual stories of paranormal romance and fantasy.

Marie Treanor has published more than twenty ebooks with small presses, (Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Changeling Press and The Wild Rose Press), including a former Kindle bestseller, Killing JoeBlood on Silk: an Awakened by Blood novel, was her New York debut with NAL.

Website: www.MarieTreanor.com  

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marie-Treanor-Paranormal-Romance/105866982782360

Newsletter: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/marietreanornewsletter

Blog: Marie Treanor’s Romantic Theme Party: http://romanticthemeparty.blogspot.com/

 

 

Review: Integration by Imogen Rose

Today I have the awesome chance to review Imogen Rose’s newest book in her Bonfire Chronicles series, Integration.  This was a phenomenal follow-up in the series.  I will warn anyone who has not read the first book, Initiation, you may be a little confused in parts of my review and I will try not to have any spoilers.

Integration begins betrayal, but you don’t quite know who is betraying Cordelia.  We just know it is someone close to her.  We then jump back two years to the beginning of the Integration years for Faustine and Cordelia’s apprenticeship.  She is excited for this opportunity, but many things from the start make her realize this isn’t going to be easy coming back.  Mason has returned and her problem of having two boyfriends and only one she can really be with.  As the years go on so do the problems with Faustine and the shifters.  Although, Cordelia is there to help and protect her she can’t always prevent her from what she does.  Threatening haiku’s come into play and become ominous when one of Cordelia’s boyfriends goes missing.  After dead-end after dead-end, Cordelia seeks out the help of Faustine’s father, the king of London.   Many intricacies and plot twists play out and in the end we are back where we started a betrayal.

I loved this book.  It was much more detailed than the first book and the story reached depths that I didn’t know it could reach.  I loved the love triangle and you could truly feel the angst Cordelia felt trying to do what she knew she had to do.  The diverse characters and paranormal entities really allows the story and those to come to go in many different directions. I love the story building and how it can just suck you in.  I do recommend though that you read the first book, Initiation, before diving into this one.  You will be given more precedence and understanding if you do so.  But, I will say this read those two books and you will be writing Imogen Rose an email asking her to hurry up for the next book.  I know I can’t wait and I have a TBR list a mile long.

For additional information on Initiation and/or Integration by Imogen Rose you can visit her website, www.imogenrose.com or go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.  I want to thank Imogen Rose for stopping by today and for Bewitching Blog tours for allowing me to host this stop.

Guest Post and Review: The Gold Crucifix by Nickie Fleming

I’d like to welcome today Nickie Fleming.  She is stopping by to promote her new book, The Gold Crucifix.  It is a wonderful historical romance.  For more of what I think read my review after Ms. Fleming’s post.  But, right now I will let Ms. Fleming talk about her favorite books and authors.

My favorite books and authors

When people ask about my favorite books and/or authors, I must always answer ‘it depends’.

As a young girl, I favored adventure books. My all-time favorite was Alexandre Dumas, with
his novels “The Three Musketeers”, “The Man in the Iron Mask”, “The Black Tulip”… I just
loved those stories full of gallant knights and duels in the night. They made me dream away to
another place in time, fancying myself the lady who was loved by d’Artangan…

When I grew up and was 10 years old, I discovered Agatha Christie. I had read all the books
in the youth department of the local library ten times by then, and the librarian took pity
on my and let me borrow detectives because she thought I was ready for them. They were
already a bit old fashioned even then, but I loved to read the mysteries and tried to figure out
who was the murderer. Mind you, I could after trying a few times!

Later I also discovered romance, and up to now the novels I read are a mix between
adventure, romance and thrillers.

I have a lot of favorite authors and I like to buy every book they write. I already have some
188 books on my Kindle, as lately I have discovered the fun of reading on it. Some of my
favorite authors and books are by:
* Jeffery Deaver – the novels with Lincoln Rhyme
* Harlan Coben – the stand-alone thrillers, not the ones with Myron Bolitar
* John Gilstrap – I read “Nathan’s Run” in one session and then I bought the other books
* Richard Montanari – also a discovery, very thrilling novels set in Philadephia
* Ann Cleeves – the Vera books
* Peter Robinson – DCI Banks novels
* Janet Evanovich – the adventures of Stephanie Plum (big laughs)
* Karen Hawkins,
* Sabrina Jeffries
* Clive Cussler – Dirk Pitt is my hero!
In my own books I write a mix between adventure, romance and suspense – or at least I try
to do so. It reflects my taste in reading. Also I have done a lot of interviews with some of the
afore mentioned authors, and when you are interested you can always read them at my site,
http://www.nickieflemng.com

Review:

BLURB:

England, mid seventeenth century. When young Sarah finds out that innkeeper Amos Jennings is not her father, she feels uncertain and scared. Her problems grow bigger when she starts a job as housekeeper and gets involved with two men who both want her love: the earl of Linfield, and his younger brother Richard. To escape these problems, Sarah takes off to London to begin a new life as actress at His Majesty’s Theatre.

Richard cannot forget the young woman her met at his brother’s. He is determined to find Sarah and make her his own–even his wife, despite what his family thinks of it. But love never comes easy. Richard and Sarah will have to face many a storm–even the Great Fire of London–before they can become one.

This was an excellent historical romance.  I really enjoyed the independence of the characters and how they dealt with the situations they were put into.  I loved Richard and Sarah’s love story and how it did take them to the new world.  I was saddened with the whole relationship with Richard’s brother.  I almost felt like he was used when he was dying.  I know that’s not what the author meant but it just kinda felt like Sarah was in a bad position and she used the Earl of Linfield to get security.  The incorporation of Drury lane and the players was excellent.  Also, the illustration of King Charles’ activities and how amorous and varied his affections could be were very historically accurate and made for a nice addition to the story.  How all that fits in you will have to read the book to find out.  You will love Sarah and Richard no doubt.  I would definitely recommend this book and any other historical romance by Ms. Fleming.

For more information about The Gold Crucifix and Nicki Fleming you can go to the links below or you may go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.  I would like to thank Ms. Fleming for stopping by and Goddess Fish Promotions for allowing me to host a stop on this tour.

Website: www.nickiefleming.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Nickie-Fleming/222668744458949

Interview and Review: Guardian of Fate by L.J Kentowski

I want to welcome L,J Kentowski today.  She graciously agreed to be interviewed today.  Her debut book is Guardian of Fate.  You can see my review of Guardian of Fate right after my interview.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I really enjoyed Guardian of Fate. 

Thank you so much for having me today on The Book Maven! It’s truly an honor to be here, and I’m so glad you liked GOF

1.     How did you come up with the idea of the Guardians? The idea for Guardians grew from the main character, Cassandra. I had a vision (pun intended) of her having this supernatural ability that helped her save lives. From that, it seemed natural that it would be an angelic type of gift, which of course, led to her fighting the forces of the Underworld. So, I guess the entire novel was pretty much her fault J

2.     I loved both Caleb and Hunter.  How did you choose which for Cassandra to end up with? To be honest, I never really intended to fall in love with both of them. I thought I knew from the beginning the one for Cassandra, but as I got more involved with each of them at different parts of the writing process, I started to confuse myself. I can only imagine how Cassandra felt! I think I’m still trying to figure it out *shameless plug for Book #2, Seeker Of Fate*

3.     Will we see more of a love triangle in the next book or will Caleb find someone for himself? Yes. These guys don’t want to give up on the fight for Cassie and Book 2 brings with it a whole new playing field for Caleb, as you read from the horrible cliffhanger I left at the end of Guardian Of Fate. I really am sorry for that, by the way. I didn’t mean for it to happen, really.

4.     Are any of your characters based on people you know or even yourself?  No, not really, although I wouldn’t mind knowing a few guys like Hunter and Caleb. Cassie may have a teensy bit of the witty sarcasm my husband keeps telling me I blurt out in my everyday life.

5.     Being a mom also,  I know how challenging it is to juggle everything. Where do you find the time to write and work through your ideas? I think that is the toughest thing for me — finding time. I work full time during the day and then come home to family life with my young son, step-daughter, husband, and crazy dog, so most of my writing/thinking time is done after their energies are worn out or I make them all go to bed. That’s my prime time — sticking the headphones on, blaring the music in my ears, and letting the ideas flow, with the world around me blocked out. Sleep doesn’t factor into my life, but who needs it, right?

6.     Do you have any authors you read that have inspired your writing?  I love, love, love, Karen Marie Moning, Jeaniene Frost, and Ilona Andrews. Their series’ blew me away! I loved the characters in every one of them and their abilities to build the worlds they did truly amazed me! Through each and every one of their books, I ate, slept, and lived their characters’ lives. Okay, that sounds a bit stalkerish, but I’m an honest person.

7.     Ok…now I am gonna ask you just a couple fun/silly questions.  Do you have any guilty pleasures? Okay, I’m going to tell you this, but you cannot tell my husband — I dream about hot, sexy, alpha male book characters, and when I wake up, I pretend I just got done living a double life. Other than that, reading, writing and music are my passions, but I’m only guilty about them when I ignore the rest of the world because of them.

8.     Can you share with me three things that not many people know about you? I was destined to be an FBI profiler, but turned down the 2nd half of the interview process to be with my husband. I have Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Criminology. Finally, the first diaper I ever changed was my son’s. Seriously, my entire life I vowed never to marry or have kids, and now they are my world.

9.     What is your ultimate dream as a writer? Oh, it’s a pretty typical dream. You know the one — get discovered, sign a multi-book contract, along with its multi-million dollar movie deal. But in reality, I’m just ecstatic when someone tells me they really enjoyed my book and that they can’t wait to read more.

10.   Can you name one thing as a Supermom that had you shaking your head and smiling? I know I have tons of these moments with my son.  Oh gosh, that is so hard to pick, since like you I’m sure, it happens every day, several times a day. But the one thing right now that gets me going is that my son thinks he’s a little blue hedgehog named Sonic. This kid runs around grocery stores humming the theme songs and running like he’s really in this other world. It gets really embarrassing when he puts on his sister’s old white sparkly gloves and runs around the yard. I’m hoping this stage is almost over. I’m ready for him to be Batman!

Thank you again for stopping by and I really look forward to reading the next book in the Guardian of Fate series. 

Thank you for having me! I had lots of fun and I hope you and your readers did as well! And thanks so much for checking out Guardian Of Fate! I hope all of you give it a peek too. If you do, please let me know what you think of it! Seeker Of Fate is just around the corner, so make sure to watch for that too

Have a great week everyone!

LJ

Book Description:

Fear of death is all too common. Visions of it chill the bones and skip heartbeats. Seeing it coming and knowing only you can rescue the soul of the victim from the fiery bowels of hell…that’s downright life-altering.

Cassandra Cosgrove’s life was altered at the age of sixteen when she found out that it was her responsibility to save the lives, and ultimately the souls, of innocent victims targeted by Hell’s demons. As impossible as it seemed at first, she was able to live a fairly normal life, while secretly fulfilling her obligation as a Guardian of Fate.

But years later Fate has its own plan when her visions begin drastically changing at the same time two mysterious men appear in her life. Cassandra suddenly finds herself caught in a battle between good and evil, with her own soul on the line. When it seems everyone in her life has a secret they’ve been hiding from her, who can she trust to be the Guardian of her Fate?

This book was a phenomenal start to a series.  I can really see a lot of promise in the books that will come after this one.  The characters of Cassandra, Caleb and Hunter were all well illustrated and excellently formed.  Ms. Kentowski’s writing was very fluid and was so good you don’t realize your done the book till your reach her cliff hanger of an ending.  As an avid paranormal romance reader I read a lot of similar books.  What really stood out for me with this book was the interactions between the characters and Ms. Kentowski’s ability to have you flipping who you want Cassandra to be with.  At one point I was so mixed up I was waiting for another character to be introduced just to have another choice for her.  I did love both Caleb and Hunter.  Not just because they were achingly hot, but also because they were smart, secretive and yes very hot.  Cassandra contains everything you desire in a good heroine.  She is also smart, supernaturally talented, strong and has a very sassy mouth.  Overall, I highly recommend this book and the series it will become.

I’d like to thank L.J Kentowski for stopping by today and Bewitching Book Tours for allowing me to host one of their stops.

For more information about L.J Kentowski and Guardian of Fate you can go to her websites below or to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

Author website: http://www.LJKentowski.com

Blog: http://www.ljwrites.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/laurajeanwrites

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LJKentowski

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5382939.L_J_Kentowski

Updates and Weekly Funny

Hey everyone sorry I have been kinda awol for a few days.  Summer is crazy and lots of stuff has been going on.  I just wanted to let everyone know about a few really cool things I am going to be doing.

1.  Biggest Bad contest.  It’s just a working title but I am going to take ten of the baddest bad guys and pit them up against each other.  You guys get to vote for your baddie.  Its going to be at the end of October probably the week of Halloween.  So keep checking in and I will update as things go along.  I am hoping to have a contest that goes along with this too.

2.  Summer Hot Heroes Blog Hop.  This is almost over but you still have a chance to enter until tomorrow at 11:59.  Remember for every comment you leave on a participating website you will have a chance at a $100 dollar gift card to Amazon.

3.  I am not taking book review requests.  If you find something you would like me to review or you’re an author and want me to review your book just go to the Book Review Request tab and I will put it in the pile to be read.  I will give you an approximate date for my review once I receive the request.

Ok…enough of the updates.  Here is our Weekly Funny.  For this one I can completely relate.


What’s on your TBR list?

Guest Post and Review: Whistle Down the Wind by Sibelle Stone

I am very excited to have my guest today.  Sibelle Stone is the author of Whistle Down the Wind.  This new paranormal romance brings a little bit of history and a lot of paranormal to a wonderful romance.  Be sure to check out my review of Whistle Down the Wind following Sibelle Stone’s post.  Without further ado here is Sibelle Stone….

I’m delighted to be here visiting with the Book Maven. We have a lot in common. I was a Social Studies teacher long, long ago and lived in Philadelphia for a while. We also both love books. My day job working for one of the busiest libraries in the country keeps me stocked up on advance review copies and books, books, books.

I’m here to talk about inspiration. Specifically, what inspired me to write the first book in my Mystic Moon series, Whistle Down the Wind.

I love writing about America, and my favorite time periods are from the colonial period to just after the Civil War. I’m especially drawn to the period when the colonies were part of England. It’s a fascinating time to me, with a wild, open country to explore and settle. There are sad stories of exploitation of the native peoples, the horrors of the slave trade and wars between world powers for domination of the continent.

At the same time, we see some of the most important statesmen to ever lead our nation design a revolution, create a constitution that still governs us more than two hundred years later and provided a blueprint for a new kind of government. That amazes me.

Like many authors, I started with a story question. I’d been reading about the European witch craze, in which thousands, (perhaps hundreds of thousands) of women were charged with practicing witchcraft, tried and executed. My story question became: What if a woman was arrested for practicing witchcraft, and she truly had magical powers?

I decided to set the story in the Restoration period when Charles II had just been restored to the throne of England after years of exile. It was a time when science was gaining some traction, but fear and superstition still permeated society. King Charles founded the xx, but at the same time men and women in England were still being tried and hanged as witches.

But, I didn’t want my characters to stay in England. I put them on a ship, (forcing Catlin and Griffin together) and sent them to Jamestown Virginia. And I put the villain on the ship with them.

The title of the book comes from my research, as I discovered witches who controlled the weather were accused of “whistling down the wind”. In my family of elemental witches each sister controls an elemental being related to her magic. Catlin controls sylphs, who are fairly-like beings who help her wield her magic.

I’m looking forward to releasing the next book in the Mystic Moon series later this fall. Embers at Dawn will be eldest sister Aelwyd’s story. I can hardly wait for readers to discover more about this charming, magical family.

Review: 

Whistle Down the Wind is an awesome historical paranormal romance.  It begins with the arrest of Catlin.  Catlin is arrested for witchcraft which was very prevalent at the time.  While being questioned she meets a handsome rogue that comes to her rescue.  Griffin is there waiting for his best friend to finish questioning a supposed witch.  Just when the questioning gets to a rather violent point Griffins best friend is forced into a rather severe coughing fit.  This is a warning that his end is near and Griffin rushes his friend out only to realize the prisoner is gone.  As he is rushing his friend in his sickened state to his couch he is approached by Catlin, the escaped prisoner.  She promises to heal him in exchange for help escaping.  Griffin agrees because he wants his friend healed at any cost.

Catlin is now in a precarious position.  She must show she is truly a witch in front of a noble man.  He gives his word to say nothing about what happens as long as she heals his friend.  In an elaborate ceremony she miraculously heals him with the help of her sylphs.  Griffin is in awe of the ceremony and this woman who stands in front of him.  He feels drawn and compelled to her.  Catlin feels the same way toward Griffin and they continually find ways to be alone, even under the watchful eyes of her sister.  All of this leads to an elaborate plan to have Griffin escort Catlin to Jamestown and Catlin in turn must fight the evil that is plaguing her.  She finds this on the boat and eventually on the mainland.  Catlin and Griffin’s story begins with a jail and ends with freedom in the New World.  How they get there is the best part.

I loved this book.  I really enjoyed all of the characters especially the sisters.  I thought is was a good take on the witch hunts and the New World.  I have never read a book that actually brought you to the New World and still incorporate the paranormal.  I really look forward to the next book and Aelwyd story.  She deserves a happy ending too.  I hope its with who I think it will be, but not sure if that is possible.  Overall, this was a very enjoyable book and I would highly recommend it for anyone who has read Lydia Dare’s books or Deborah Harkness’s books.

I would like to thank Sibelle Stone for stopping by today and ABG reads for letting me host a spot on the tour.  For more information about Whistle down the Wind you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

Author Bio:

Sibelle Stone is the pseudonym for award winning historical romance author Deborah Schneider. Sibelle writes sexy steampunk and paranormal stories, filled with mad scientists, dirigibles, automatons, and creatures that would scare the panties off Deborah. In her spare time Sibelle enjoys dressing up in Victorian ensembles, modding play guns into something that looks a bit more sinister and wearing hats.

Synopsis:

Title: Whistle Down The Wind

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Number of Pages: 278

Publisher: Moon Valley Publishing

Formats available for review: E Book 

 

Arrested for using her magical powers to protect herself, Catlin Glyndwr faces the hangman’s noose. Descended from a long line of elemental witches, she can control the wind and weather. But the worst thing that can happen in 1664 England is to be charged with practicing of witchcraft. Especially when the accusation is true. Sir Griffin Reynolds is visiting his closest childhood friend before embarking on a secret mission for King Charles II to the New World. When his friend becomes deathly ill while interrogating a beautiful woman accused of witchcraft, Griffin accepts her offer of help. In exchange for her freedom, she’ll heal his friend.When Griffin and Catlin embark on a journey to Virginia to save the colony, they succumb to the temptation of a white hot passion that blazes between them. But a Dark Druid stalks Catlin, and if he can’t possess her and her magic — no man will.A beautiful witch discovers there’s more than one way to be wicked.

               

Promo and Review: Hexes in Texas by Michelle Kopra

Today I am welcoming Michelle Kopra and her new book Hexes in Texas.  This is a paranormal romance book with quite a bit of humor.

Hexes in Texas

Book Description:

Fed up with the slushy snow of winter, and the frigid Canadian wizards Julie McNabb wants a transfer to somewhere warm, and where the men are smoking hot!

Instead, she ends up in Bug Tussle. A small wizard farming community in Texas where the unicorns freak her out, and the resident witches watch NASCAR and eat Barbeque.

Despite her goals to get out as fast as she can, Julie makes friends, has fun, and falls for Vance, the hunky animal manager.

Now if only Julie can convince Vance to give up on Mrs. Right, for Mrs. right now!

Teaser Excerpt:

“There has to be something more than this,” I sighed as the broom came dangerously close to the road. Before I turned into witch jam, I used my magic to stop the broom, tilting it up, and slowing its descent until my purple boots skidded against the pavement.

“Like what?” Skippy asked.

“I don’t know, but flying around at night, maintained spells, checking perimeters? How is that living? I want a life that’s exciting. I don’t want to die a thousand years from now, regretting I lived all my life in Hamilton.”

Review:

I absolutely loved this book.  I hope this is the beginning of a series.  I did think it was just a little short, but in the end everything was very concise.  I adored the use of the modern background with the paranormal witch world.  I really loved the characters though.  Skippy, as you read above, is a cat and has some of the funniest lines.  Also, Julie and Vance’s interactions are steamy and predictable, but you still totally and completely fall for Vance.  The most frustrating for me was Julie’s family.  For a few moments I thought Julie was invisible.  She’s not but it’s that frustrating with her mother.  Overall, I would recommend this book and can’t wait to read it again.  I only hope that Michelle Kopra will write a follow-up about Julie and Vance.  There is plenty to cover and you can definitely go deeper into the world she created.

I want to thank Michelle Kopra for stopping by today and Bewitching Book tours for allowing me to host one of their stops.

Author Bio:

I used to be a closet writer, writhing in agony if anyone came near me when I was trying to put story to paper.

Then I had kids. Two of them, with big brown eyes, and sweet little giggles and sticky fingers that goober up my computer screen, and suddenly I didn’t care how silly my stories seemed to the rest of the world. Well, not as much anyways 😉

I have six stories published on Amazon.com for the moment, with several more in the works. Please feel free to contact me, I can be found on Facebook, twitter, and at my website michellekopra.com. Let me know if you love my stories, or hate them, or if I parked in your spot!

http://www.facebook.com/michelle.kopra

https://twitter.com/#!/MICHELLEKOPRA

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Thought this was a good one this week.  🙂

Guest Post: Author Megan S. Johnston

I’d like to welcome Megan S. Johnston today.  She is the author of the new book, Transition.  This is the first in her Chimera Hunters series.  You can find my book review on Transition here.  So, I hand the reigns over to Megan.  Take it away…

First, I would like to thank “The Book Maven”, for hosting me here today.

You would think my favorite type of heroes would be super heroes, because that’s what I write about, but it’s not. My favorite hero is the unsung one, the one who resides next to you, your mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. It is the everyday heroes I admire most.

Firefighters and police officer are the ones who keep us safe. Each of their jobs is demanding in its own way. They both risk their lives on a daily bases to keep everyone as safe as they can.

As a law enforcement officer, it’s a daily unpredictability. Who will they have to chase down? Will the perpetrator carry a gun? Police Officers are in constant danger daily. Who should they trust? They can only rely on themselves to keep others and themselves safe. They are hated by many.

As a firefighter, the thought of running into a burning building to save lives is a scary thought. Who would do such a thing? Not many. Your brain would go into protect mode. But, a firefighter would. They are trained to keep themselves and other firefighters safe, while saving lives and homes. They are loved by many.

Some days I am sure they wish they could communicate telepathically, or instantly change into a different species. To have bullets bounce off their chest, and fire that would never burn their skin.  But these people are real and the bullets and fire not only kill, but a person could be marred for life.

So, here are two of my favorite heroes. Their jobs are demanding. They both put themselves in danger every day to save lives and homes.  One is loved and the other hated. But both are heroes in my eyes.

Author Bio:

Megan S. Johnston is a freelance writer and entrepreneur living in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to writing fiction, she runs several family-owned and operated businesses, which she started over twenty years ago. She is an avid reader of paranormal romance and a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. She has four children and seven grandchildren and lives with her husband and two dogs in Woodinville, Washington. Transition is her début novel.

Title: Transition, The Chimera Hunter Series

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Number of Pages:  259

Publisher: Self Published

Formats available for review: Ebook

The Chimera are a race so old, the humans relegated them as a myth. The Gods feared the Chimeras’ powers; they believed they were a deadly race, with physical abilities beyond belief. So, they split their race in half condemning them to wander the earth, searching for their other half to be complete. Without their sodalis, each was destined to live life without dreams, without love, without hope. The future rested on finding their one true mate for life.

SHELBY O’NEIL has led a solitary life with her parents. So when she goes to school at Washington State University, she believes her life has just begun. Now in her second year, the dreams begin. She dreams with the same man, night after night for months. When her dream world becomes her reality, and her life becomes a danger zone, she quickly learns to trust the one man who has thrown her into this new and dangerous world.

DEVELON COLE is Chimera and his race has been on earth as long as humans. His people were desperate to find their one true mate for life, and Develon had just found his, in the small college town of Pullman Washington. His goal was to protect her against the hunter’s and guide her into who she was always destined to be, his sodalis, his mate.

Author links:

http://megansjohnston.com

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6003257.Megan_S_Johnston

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/megansjohnston1

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MeganSJohnston

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Review: Transition by Megan S. Johnston

Today’s review is about Megan S. Johnston’s new book, Transition.  This is a paranormal romance book.  This is the first book in the Chimera Hunters series.

Transition begins as Develon has found his sodalis, Shelby.  He realizes this because they have been sharing dreams together for months.  He knows this is what the Chimera do when they find their one true mate.  Now, he only has to meet her.  Shelby has been dreaming about this incredibly good-looking guy for months.  When she attempts to tell her friend about him she tells her she must find a “real” guy.  So, the two of them go on a little skiing vacation right before Shelby goes home for Christmas.  Here Shelby and her friend meet two very good-looking guys.  Those two good-looking guys end up being Chimera and not only that but one of them is Develon.  Shelby and Develon finally get to meet and the chemistry is electric.  But, some unfortunate accidents and a discovery threaten to shake up the bond that is so strong between these two.

I really enjoyed reading this book.  It was a new take on the shape shifter idea.  Also, I loved the idea of the sodalis.  That they could find the one half of their soul and feel complete is something most people want.  All of the Chimera characters are unbelievably hot and will send many women to Antarctica looking for these men.  Shelby and Develon a two very well-developed characters.  I enjoyed how their bond did grow and you could actually see and feel it through the story.  I know this is the first book in the series, but I am so ready for the next.  I recommend this book wholeheartedly.

For more information about Transition by Megan S. Johnston you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

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